1-22-08 Why Get Married

1-22-08 Why Get Married - Why would you want to get married...

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11-22-2008 Why would you want to get married? Strengthen commitment Religion says so Public declaration Pretty white dress Sociological Theories Classical Perspectives o Structural functionalism o Conflict theory o Exchange theory o Symbolic Interaction theory Contemporary Theories o Feminism o Modernity Theory Structural Functionalism Dominant perspective of mid-20 th century (Emile Durkheim) Asks: What are the functions of social structures? o Assumes current structure is functional o Treats status quo as good, change as bad Stability and cooperation in bread-winner/home-maker family o Functions of each partner o Husband as instrumental (economic world, interrelations between the organization and the home), wife as expressive (psychological support, building morale, nurturing and caring) Conflict Theory
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Focus on change, not stability (Karl Marx) o Inequality and power struggles drive history Family theory o
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